It is getting closed to summertime, and you have noticed that the siding on your house just looks, well, dingy and dirty. You have been thinking it might be about time to get out there and clean it up yourself. However, you want to make sure you clean your siding the right way. You would not want to damage anything in the process of trying to make your home’s exterior look better. Since the type of siding you have is vinyl, you will need suggestions that work best for this type of siding. The following are some tips that will help you to clean your siding like a pro.
Safety Comes First
As with any home improvement project, cleaning your home’s siding has some safety issues that must be mentioned. You will want to wear clothing that is, by all accounts comfortable, and not too restrictive. You will want to wear goggles and closed toe shoes to protect your eyes and feet. It is a good idea to wear some type of covering mask to prevent you from breathing in fumes or getting chemicals in your mouth also. By following these simple safety tips, you should avoid doing any irreparable harm to yourself while cleaning your vinyl siding.
When it comes to treating your siding right, such as vinyl siding, you will want to use a soft cloth and a long handled brush. These two items should help you to reach the entire surface of your siding and clean it thoroughly. Keep in mind, you may need a ladder for those really high and difficult to reach areas. Be sure to use a ladder that is sturdy, not one that is on its last leg.
A Bleach Solution
For each gallon of water, you will want to mix in one quarter cup of bleach. This solution is a standard go to formula for anyone wanting to kill as much mold and bacteria on their siding as possible. It will do a great job of lightening up dark, dingy areas of the siding. One thing to consider is that you should try your best not to breathe in the bleach fumes. Pressure washing will ensure that the siding is rinsed of any bleach residue.
It’s easy to replace windows and doors, but it can be a challenge safely cleaning your siding throughout the year. By cleaning it with a bleach solution, you prevent mold and mildew from gaining a foothold on the outside of your home. Not only will this make your home’s exterior look nicer, but it will make your home healthier to live in also. So, now it is time to suit up and get to work, because your siding is waiting.